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All Things Considered, Commissioners Say Election Day Ran Smoothy

For an off-year with a new vote-counting system in place, it's safe to say this Election Day was a pretty smooth ride. This was both the Democratic and Republican Board of Elections Commissioners' first year in the position.
For an off-year with a new vote-counting system in place, it's safe to say this Election Day was a pretty smooth ride. This was both the Democratic and Republican Board of Elections Commissioners' first year in the position. It was also the first year a new system for collecting and counting votes was put in place.
Both board leaders say all things, considered, they're pleased with the way everything ran Tuesday.
"Yesterday was a fairly smooth day especially out in the districts at the polling sites, we visited probably a good majority of them,” said Russell Stewart, Commissioner of the Oneida County Board of Elections Democrats.
Stewart says it wasn't the polling sites where the minor issues came about.
"Couple glitches in getting the results back in the first 15 minutes but we fixed that and everything went smooth from that point on,” said Stewart.
And just a few glitches is impressive considering this year was the debut of a brand new regional system.
"We took the Oneida County, we broke it up into 8 regional sites, we have computers in 8 sites around the county, and we broke that up and the inspectors bring the chips from the machines there and we upload it to Oriskany," said Stewart.
Stewart’s counterpart, Rose Marie Grimaldi, says they could've done better.
"Good, we're happy, but for me, not good enough,” said Grimaldi.
But both commissioners agree, for an off-year, voter turnout was impressive.
"I was around in Utica, and I was seeing a really good voter turnout, I think the candidates really did their campaigning this year,” says Grimaldi.
The election may be over for voters and candidates but the Board of Elections is still hard at work.
"They’re taking all of the information and setting them on, they're all broken up into wards and districts and towns and we're just emptying bags right now getting ready to re-canvas next Wednesday," said Stewart.
The commissioners say the re-canvasing process will take them and their teams about a week and half to two weeks to complete.

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